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Traceroute is a popular active probing technique used by researchers, operators, and adversaries to map the structure and connectivity of IP networks. However, traceroute is susceptible to making inaccurate inferences. We perform a large-scale longitudinal investigation of traceroute artifacts to find anomalies that may be indicative of network errors, misconfiguration, or active deception efforts. Using the IPv4 Routed /24 Topology Dataset from the Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis...
Topics: Internet Measurement, Multi-protocol Label Switching, traceroute
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by Gagnon, Kyle J.; Van Remmen, Peter M.
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Secretary Mattis’ 2018 National Defense Strategy acknowledges that the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) asymmetric technological capabilities, which enable a decisive military advantage over U.S. adversaries, are steadily eroding. Implementing underutilized traditional and non-traditional acquisition authorities to navigate the innovation ecosystem may prove to be a fast, flexible solution to this technological innovation gap. We comparatively analyze the DoD’s innovation ecosystem to...
Topics: innovation, innovation ecosystem, ecosystem, non-traditional, start-up, other transaction...
The purpose of this thesis is to examine possible areas for improvement on the current Marine Corps junior enlisted performance evaluation system-Proficiency and Conduct marks. My research questions include the following: Does the Marine Corps need a new performance evaluation system for its junior enlisted? What type of performance evaluation systems could be implemented effectively for the E1 to E4 group in the Marine Corps? What areas in performance management can the Marine Corps focus on...
Topics: performance evaluation, proficiency and conduct, check-in, performance development, culture
Close-in weapon systems (CIWS) are an essential, computer-controlled defensive measure available on modern warships. Due to their size and weight, however, CIWS are deployed only on warships with a displacement over 1000 tons. Smaller ships, such as patrol boats, still carry and use less accurate crew-controlled heavy machine guns. We propose a small, light-weight, and portable CIWS that can be easily installed onto smaller warships. The proposed CIWS incorporates automated target tracking to...
Topics: close-in weapon system, PID controller, computer vision, Arduino microcontroller
The effects of curvature and the resulting centrifugal instabilities on local heat transfer distributions are studied in a curved channel at Dean numbers ranging from 50 to 200. The channel has a rectangular cross section of 1.27 cm by 50.1 cm giving an aspect ratio of 40 to 1. Flow is heated in a straight portion of the channel prior to the curved portion in order to obtain flow which is hydrodynamically and thermally fully developed. All baseline tests confirm techniques employed and qualify...
Topics: Curved Heating Channel, Heat Transfer Coefficients, Nusselt Numbers, Dean Vortices, Centrifugal...
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by Fountoulakis, Radamanthis P.
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A study was conducted in an area off the Hellenic west coast to examine the spatial and time variability of various oceanic parameters, with special emphasis on those effecting ASW operations. Propagation loss runs were conducted using PE and RAYMODE models. The reactions of both models to different bottom morphology and sound speed profiles (seasons) were examined. Between the two models, the PE model was found to be closer to reality than RAYMODE. Results suggest that the application of these...
Topics: Acoustic imaging, Underwater acoustics, Oceanography, Research., Oceanographic, acoustic survey,...
The modeling of picosecond pulse propagation on microwave integrated circuit interconnections is considered. Autoregressive moving-average (ARMA) and autoregressive (AR) parametric models are derived for lossy dispersive microstrip transmission lines and cascaded microstrip step discontinuities. We formulated mathematical expressions to relate the model parameters to the physical microstrip properties. New lumped-distributed equivalent circuit interconnections is modeled using...
Topics: Integrated circuits, Dissertations, Academic, Strip transmission lines, Parameter estimation,...
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This research assesses the four open-ended responses derived from the U.S. Army acquisition workforce job satisfaction and environment climate evaluation study, conducted by Magen McKeithen in 2016. A thematic analysis addressed the four open-ended responses concerning job satisfaction, career enhancement, compensation, and organizational justice to identify common themes that affect the organizational climate in the Army’s contracting workforce. The themes identified highlight that the...
Topics: thematic methodology, Army Acquisition Workforce, acquisition workforce, organizational assessment
The primary objective of this thesis is to propose a template for a National Space Warfighting Architecture (NSWA). The template is intended to fill the void that exists between national security space policies and the services' space warfighting plans. As such, it will provide a unifying framework for follow-on discussions and debate about the proper direction of space-based operational and tactical combat support. In support of this objective, this thesis aims to: provide the proper focus for...
Topics: Space warfare, Architecture, Space surveillance, Naval battles, Missions., Space Warfare,...
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Our military has adopted online training as a solution for propagating standardized training across the formation. However, minimal analysis exists to determine the frequency and effectiveness of mandatory online training in the United States Army, despite the resources and time required to complete mandatory online training. This paper seeks to establish that the effectiveness of online training in the United States Army must be analyzed and reviewed to achieve its maximum potential.
Topics: online training, mandatory online training, risk management, distance learning, computer-based...
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by Bourne, Scott W.; Chen, Lisa; Mikesell, Andrew S.
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Across a majority of Air Force installations in the Continental United States (CONUS), there appear to be large variations in prices paid for Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) contracted services, with little understanding as to why this variation occurs. To effectively analyze these ISWM contract price variations, we compared the Price Per Ton (PPT) of disposed solid waste paid by a sample of Air Force installations, to the PPT paid by co-located municipalities. We developed a...
Topics: AFICA, Integrated Solid Waste Management, ISWM, Air Force, collocated municipalities, strategic...
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The aim of this study was to analyze discrete and waveform data to improve existing Terrain Classification (TERCAT) capabilities. Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data were collected over the Point Lobos State Park, which contains various buildings, vegetation, and man-made surfaces. Data were used from two separate airborne LiDAR systems, Optech Titan and Airborne Hydrography AB (AHAB) Chiroptera II. Classic standard point cloud analysis techniques were used with the discrete data. Waveform...
Topics: LiDAR, full waveform LiDAR, remote sensing, terrain classification, laser altimetry, Support Vector...
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This thesis takes a closer look at some of the prominent corruption cases such as the Mensalão, Operation Lava Jato, and the Odebrecht scandal and concentrates on the elements that exposed their existence. Although these corruption schemes had been in operation for some time before their manifestations, it was not until distinctive mechanisms were introduced into Brazilian politics that the impunity of the policy makers began to be challenged. The primary question addressed in this thesis is:...
Topics: corruption, Brazil, democratization, Lava Jato, Odebrecht, Mensalao, security, democracy,...
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by Huff, William J.
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This thesis explores the Department of the Navy’s innovation initiatives to determine how to leverage social networks to enhance innovation inside the Navy. Using the results of a social network analysis that mapped and measured the informal Navy Innovation Network, and examining how other military branches and industry pursue innovation, this qualitative research seeks to identify gaps and redundancies in the current Navy Innovation Network. Furthermore, recommendations are proposed that...
Topics: Navy Innovation Network, NIN, innovation, networking, network
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This thesis provides a proof of concept for a method that relates changes in the number of Marines available to perform maintenance to the average time motor transport equipment remains in maintenance at the organizational command level. This thesis uses a discrete event simulation model of the workflow of first- and second-echelon maintenance actions at an organizational level ground command, less supply support. While the author models the maintenance systems based upon ground commands from...
Topics: maintenance, man-hours, inter-arrival time, processing time, mean time in system,, distributions,...
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States (principals) frequently employ pro-government militias (agents) in low intensity conflicts with mixed results. In some cases, principal and agent interests diverge or the principal loses control over its agent, which devolves into an autonomous terrorist, warlord, or criminal organization. Looking at historical cases of Latin American pro-government militias from Colombia (Self-Defense groups, Convivirs, and Hometown Soldiers) and Peru (Rondas Campesinas), I examined the principal-agent...
Topics: pro-government militias, militias, paramilitaries, warlords, self-defense forces, autodéfenses,...
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This research attempts to understand potential root causes and underlying factors that influence defense acquisition program managers’ decision-making. Using qualitative data gathered through in-person interviews and through review of multiple case studies as a research design, this project focuses on how program managers gain insight in the decision-making process. Results indicate that program manager decision-making is impacted by process, control, relationships, motive, and risk. Analysis...
Topics: decision, decision-making, program manager, acquisitions, program performance
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In the next few years, the Space Systems Academic Group (SSAG) and the Small Satellite Laboratory at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) may begin work on a small satellite swarm constellation. This thesis introduces flight operations concepts for small satellite formations conducting sparse aperture radar missions to inform decision makers at NPS of possible flight operations options. An orbital modeling program called Systems Tool Kit was used to simulate combinations of flight patterns and...
Topic: Satellite Swarm Theory
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by Mullany, John T.; Ratner, Brandon R.; Aguirre, Anibal Jr.
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The ongoing drug epidemic fueled by Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO) is a matter of national interest that the current presidential administration has addressed in its 2017 National Security Strategy. Mexican TCOs continue to expand their cross-border operations through robust distribution networks and shared relationships with gangs located within the United States. Efforts to prevent expansion and influence have been largely unsuccessful due to the application of...
Topics: transnational criminal organization, TCO, cartel, gang, drug trafficking, violence, Mexico, United...
The Southern Philippines has remained embroiled in insurgency for nearly 50 years. This thesis traces the insurgency through three distinct phases: the first two phases represent an ethno-nationalist insurgency, and the latest phase results from a qualitative shift toward a Pan-Islamic insurgency. While the Philippine government successfully ended the first two phases, the third phase of insurgency is composed of disparate groups that are linked to global jihadist organizations. Using a...
Topics: insurgency, counterinsurgency, Philippines, Mindanao, Chechnya
This thesis demonstrates the feasibility of using computer-aided wargames (CAW) as a tool to help determine high-level system requirements for future reconnaissance-capable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). This research uses a model-based systems engineering (MBSE) approach to establish high-level capability requirements and concepts of operations for the future fleet. Unmanned aerial vehicle design factors in this study include mission altitude, sortie size, and time between launches. Measures...
Topics: JTLS, unmanned aerial systems, computer aided exercise, future fleet capabilities, wargaming,...
NATO’s southern flank has been exposed to a wide range of threats and challenges from Middle Eastern and North African instability, including terrorism, illegal trafficking, and mass migration. Against this backdrop, since 2008, Russia has increased its Mediterranean naval activity to levels not observed since the Cold War. This thesis investigates the extent to which the perceptions and policies of France, Italy, and Spain have shifted in response to Russia’s expanded Mediterranean...
Topics: Russia, the Mediterranean, France, Italy, Spain, NATO, EU, policies, Operation Sophia, Operation...
This thesis develops a multiple regression model using regional and unit characteristics to estimate commuting distances of U.S. Army Reservists. The data were obtained from a 1988 file established by the Defense Manpower Data Center containing locational and biodemographic information on 238,174 enlisted reservists. A random sample of 91 reserve centers was selected for the analysis. The logistic and normal distributions were evaluated as possible candidates for fitting the commuting distance...
Topics: Commuting, Statistics., Euclidean distance, power transformation, maximum likelihood estimators,...
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This thesis seeks to address how to overcome the economic divide that separates North and South Korea should reunification transpire. The focus of this thesis will be centered on two aspects of the North Korean economy lagging behind South Korea. The first is the gap of development in industry, agriculture, national infrastructure, and education. The second area of focus will be the economic and governance costs that international sanctions have imposed on North Korea. International sanctions...
Topics: North Korea, unification, sanctions, South Korea, economy, Korean Peninsula
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This study investigates the effects of different charge density rise times upon the magnitude of the Cerenkov radiation produced by a semi-infinite electron beam. The magnetic field pulses were generated for different rise times and relationships between the maximum magnitudes and their associated rise times were obtained. These were compared with theoretical relationships derived from a power series approximation. The generated results were close to those predicted by theory for short rise...
Topics: Cherenkov radiation, Cerenkov Radiation, Semi-Infinite Path, Rise Time Effects
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by Lambrakakis, Georgios D.
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This thesis investigates a new mm-wave Bilateral Slot Line (BSL) antenna and its relation to the Linearly Tapered Slot Antenna (LTSA). The BSL antenna consists of a tapered double-sided slotline and can be viewed as two identical LTSAs sandwiched back to back. Dielectric substrates with permittivities of 2.33 and 6.0 were used to construct these antennas. The theoretical background, the design, and the performance in the frequency range 5-9 GHz of the new microwave integrated circuit antenna is...
Topics: Antenna arrays, Integrated circuits., Thesis, word processing, Script, GML, text processing
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Recognition of the importance of legislative liaison in the military departments is critical in an era of declining defense dollars. This thesis documents the organization, functions, and operation of the legislative liaison offices of the three military departments and provides evidence regarding congressional perceptions of these offices. The legislative liaison offices of the military departments are examined and compared using an organizational model based on legislative liaison in other...
Topics: Management, Legislation, Public administration., Congressional Liaison, SAFLL, Army OCLL, Navy OLA,...
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Efficient manpower utilization is essential to minimizing the cost, and a key element in that is the maintenance of the optimum balance between civilian and military manpower resources. Economic efficiency dictates that as the cost of military personnel begin to rise relative to the cost of direct hires, the Services would have an incentive to increase the use of direct hires, and vice versa. In our empirical analysis, results indicate that although DoD responded correctly to factor price...
Topics: Civilianization, DoD civilian employees, military essentiality, cost factors, human resource factors
The USMC maintenance depots at Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany, GA, and MCLB Barstow, CA, conduct extensive contracted overhauls and repairs on a variety of ground combat and combat service support vehicles from throughout the operating forces. Servicing of one vehicle in particular, the Light Armored Vehicle (LAV), has had issues with runaway costs and prolonged maintenance cycle-time caused by severe bottlenecks at key junctures in the maintenance cycle. This study models the...
Topics: discrete event simulation, Light Armored Vehicle, Marine Corps Logistics Command, Marine Depot...
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by Scales, Sean N.; Pajarillo, Raymond-Victor C.; Foursha, Andrew W.
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As the world becomes more complex and evolves at faster rates, it has become imperative that organizations evolve their leadership training to adapt to the ever-changing industrial environment and maintain the organization’s competitive advantage. For example, the Department of the Navy has called for cultural changes and programmatic improvements to the way the civilian workforce is prepared for leadership roles and responsibilities. Patricia Ingraham, Heather Getha-Taylor, and the National...
Topics: Complexity Leadership Theory, Dynamic Capabilities, adaptive space, social capital, complex...
This thesis analyzes contemporary civil-military relations in Uruguay with respect to its intelligence organizations. Uruguay operated for twelve years under military dictatorship until 1985, when the country peacefully transitioned to democracy. During the military rule, the Uruguayan intelligence agency, Service of Defense Information, conducted countless human rights violations to include torture, non-judicial killings, and disappearances in support of domestic prerogatives and regional...
Topics: intelligence, civil liberties, oversight, legislative, democracy, Uruguay, civil-military...
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Our research analyzed Department of Defense (DoD) involvement in the disaster relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. During the 2017 hurricane season, the United States experienced three major hurricanes in rapid succession. These events tested the hurricane responses of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and have left some wondering why the DoD was slow to respond. Through our research, we evaluated the FEMA Mission Assignments (MAs) to U.S. agencies and analyzed...
Topics: Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, disaster response, HADR
This project explores whether or not veterans have regained their trust in the appointment process and wait times for healthcare access at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). We explore the perception of appointments and wait times for veterans prior to and after the whistleblower report of April 2014. Through this research and data analysis, it was not possible to state unequivocally that the VA is regaining its trust with veterans regarding their healthcare appointment wait times.
Topics: veterans, affairs, trust, wait, times
Legislators, recognizing the need to increase the national savings rate, have introduced profit-sharing and thrift savings plans to civilians, but have not included the military. This thesis examines the need for and the costs and benefits of an employer-sponsored savings plan for active duty military personnel. It concludes that it is both feasible and cost-effective to tailor tax-sheltered annuities (TSA's) currently available to nonprofit organizations to the military compensation system. It...
Topics: Compensation, Economics, Pay, Pensions., Retention, Retirement, Savings, Soldiers
This thesis examines alternatives for increasing the supply of Military Family Housing (MFH) at NPS Monterey, California. Military construction, the traditional program, is compared with five other means by which the inventory of MFH units should be increased. Costs for each of the options are analyzed using accepted DoD cost models. Conclusions and recommendations regarding the most viable alternative for increasing the supply of MFH are provided in the final chapter. Analytic cost...
Topics: Cost., Housing, Military Family
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by Cloutier, Michael John.
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The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is currently involved in a long-term project to investigate and develop real-time control software, artificial intelligence, computer architecture and control systems theory as they pertain to U.S. Navy autonomous vehicle programs. In support of this goal, the NPS is currently designing and fabricating a testbed autonomous underwater vehicle. This work describes the design, development, and testing of a Guidance Subsystem for this testbed vehicle which uses...
Topics: Vehicles, Remotely piloted, Remote submersibles., Autonomous vehicle, Autonomous Underwater...
In this thesis, we develop a method of using a noise-masking system to increase the security in a multiple-input, multiple-output communication system by using known channel-state information to calculate a specific masking signal for each block of a space-time block-coded signal. This masking signal is invisible to the intended receiver since it is designed to cancel out within the equalization process. Using mathematical analysis and numerical simulation of the communication system, we find...
Topics: noise masking, wavelet packet modulation, WPM, multiple-input multiple-output, MIMO, Alamouti...
We model the interdependent operation of potable water distribution and electric power distribution infrastructure systems as a mixed simulation-optimization problem. Our goal is to capture the key attributes and essential interdependencies of these systems with enough fidelity to represent real infrastructure physics, measure how networks perform in various scenarios, and present new insights on infrastructure interdependencies. We develop a novel model that links together engineering models...
Topics: infrastructure, resilience, interdependence, water distribution, electricity distribution,...
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by Oliveira, Michael D.
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This thesis seeks to determine how the United States should facilitate and advise the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) regarding local Afghan security forces. Through in-depth analysis of relevant case studies (Afghan Local Police, Indian Territorial Army, Peruvian Rondas Campesinas, Afghan Arbakai), this thesis gleans critical lessons, positive and negative, to inform the development of an appropriate local security program for modern-day Afghan society. Given...
Topics: Afghanistan, local security, Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, militias, community...
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The purpose of this Joint Applied Project is to analyze the application of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) within the Department of Defense (DoD), and more specifically, to provide successful examples from the Army, Navy, and Air Force using LSS. This research project discusses and analyzes each of the examples from those military branches and compares them to the Lean Six Sigma Principles. Through the data that was analyzed, it was found that all three military branches have done a good job in...
Topics: Lean Six Sigma, Lean thinking, Six Sigma, Army, Navy, Air Force, implement, successes
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Target tracking and monitoring plays a crucial role in the intelligence collection domain. With the advancement of intelligence collection and data analysis methods, we can sometimes obtain a target’s initial and end locations of its desired trajectory, albeit with some uncertainty. Based on such intelligence information, the target's movement can be modeled as a stochastic process using a Brownian bridge, and the target’s geographical location probability distribution in time can be...
Topics: simulated annealing, target detection, random search optimization, Brownian bridge, simulation
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by Hunninghake, David Patrick; Ashley, Bradley Keith
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The United States Air Force's Headquarters Tactical Air Command (TAC) Communications-Computers staff provides guidance to TAC functional users on the procurement and use of Local Area Networks (LANs) in a deployed environment. Deployable systems may be defined as those systems designed to be transported away from their normal base for semi-fixed or mobile tactical missions. Major deployed LAN concerns include issues related to transmission media, protocols, topology, and...
Topics: Local area networks (Computer networks), Computer systems., Local Area Networks
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This thesis describes a CAD-compatible circuit model for an infinitesimally thin inductive strip centered in homogeneous finline for 0.1 less than or equal to w over b less than or equal to 1.0. The model is shown to predict scattering data which agrees with data computed using the spectral domain method. Results were generated for strips of length T greater than or equal to 10 mils in X-band. By applying the scaling principle, the model is valid for any waveguide band over the normal frequency...
Topics: Electrical engineering., Finline, Discontinuity, Inductive, Strip
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A material that behaves likes a glassy ablator on the surface, has a low thermal conductivity, is structurally tough, lightweight, and is in some sense reusable, would be desirable for the protective heat shield used on Earth entry vehicles. A material for this purpose has been developed that uses silicon dioxide (fused quartz) in a fibrous packed matrix, forming blocks which can behave as a glassy ablator on the surface when subject to very high surface heat fluxes. These fibrous silicon...
Topics: Space vehicles, Atmospheric entry, Mars (Planet), Ablative materials, Shielding (Heat), Ablative,...
Communication problems exist for English as a second language (ESL) personnel in Recruit Training Commands and Navy work places. Good English language programs could improve the communication problems in the training environment and in the work place by providing language instruction right after enlistment. In this study, the adequacy of the existing ESL training programs in the Navy and other ESL training programs currently used in the military is determined. The ESL training programs offered...
Topics: ESL training in the Army, ESL training programs in civilian industry, English language training...
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by Clemente, Jason F.
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The United States power grid is a logical target for a major cyber attack because it connects all of the nation’s critical infrastructures with electricity. Attackers consistently exploit vulnerabilities of the bulk power system and are close to being able to disrupt electrical distribution. We live in a world that is interconnected, from personal online banking to government infrastructure; consequently, network security and defense are needed to safeguard the digital information and...
Topics: cyber security, cyber attack, critical infrastructure, power grid, Homeland Security, NIPP, NICC
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The autonomous load following (ALF) properties of fast-spectrum nuclear reactors offer great potential for increased electric grid stability, reduction in control rod mechanism wear, and less operator action for small power transients experienced on a daily basis. These features can result in design simplification and enhanced safety of such reactor systems. Thermal-hydraulic transients result in reactivity feedback from the coolant to curb power transients and return the reactor to a stable,...
Topics: nuclear, reactor, lead, sodium, lead bismuth, fast spectrum, autonomous load following
This thesis is an application of survival analysis methods to study first term enlisted attrition from the Marine Corps. The data comprise over 99 percent of all enlisted accessions into the Marine Corps between 1 October 1983, and 31 August 1988. A large percentage of the observations are censored, thus motivating the use of survival analysis techniques. The enlistees are categorized by three covariates: education credential, Armed Forces Mental Group and presencenon-presence of a moral...
Topics: Military attrition, Survival analysis, Log-linear regression
This thesis investigates the investments by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and whether they may be construed as a national security threat to the United States. China has lauded its Made in China (MIC) 2025 plan with an emphasis on becoming the world’s superpower. By its entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO), and subsequent Most Favored Nation (MFN) status granted by the United States, China has amassed a great deal of wealth, power, and influence around the globe. Through our...
Topics: China, purchase, US, business, national interests, economy, autonomous
The lack of legal uniformity in the National Network of Fusion Centers, or National Network, is not a simple problem, and there is no simple solution; however, operating in a network with 79 fusion centers and 54 different legal frameworks while trying to detect and prevent criminal-and terrorism-related activity-is not a simple task, either. And despite the expenditure of significant federal, state, and local dollars to establish a capable and robust network of fusion centers, insufficient...
Topics: interstate compact, fusion center, legal uniformity, state sovereignty, National Network of Fusion...
The goal of this study is to determine if a set of heuristics can be used as a decision-making tool to effectively determine what low-scope growth-work needs to be targeted for execution early in the construction cycle of a new naval ship. This study analyzes growth-work that is not incorporated into the base contract with a formal engineering change proposal, but rather a less-formal waterfront change process where the logistics and engineering products are updated after the delivery of the...
Topics: shipbuilding, change, growth-work, new construction, IDEF0
This thesis explores the effect of frequency of performance on the Congressionally mandated Job Performance Measurement, specifically the Marine Corps' portion of the study. The initial portion of the project involved the hands-on performance testing of the infantry specialities. The purpose of this thesis is to validate the use of the general technical (GT) composite of the ASVAB test as a predictor of performance in the infantry specialty and to provide recommendations to revise training...
Topics: Military education., Readiness, aptitude, task performance, frequency, recency
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by Gress, Patrick M.; Kohtz, Shane A.; Noll, Christopher J.
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The purpose of this project is to answer a Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Acquisition Research Program–sponsored thesis’ primary research question: How difficult is it to develop a successful incremental acquisition approach for defense acquisition programs? The research uses the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Joint Common Missile (JCM) program and the subsequent Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) program as the basis for surveying acquisition professionals. This research prepares a...
Topics: acquisition strategy, DoD acquisition survey, acquisition corps
A triquadratic isoparametric solid element is developed to study the behavior of thick isotropic and laminated composite plates. The element is a 27 noded Lagrangian element based on three dimensional elasticity. Material characteristics are accounted by either using laminate plate theory or three-dimensional anisotropic theory. Element matrices for nonlinear stability analyses are derived based on total Lagrangian formulation. Results are presented to compare with analytical solutions to...
Topics: Finite element method, Composite materials, Finite element, nonlinear analysis, plate bending thick...
Loss measurements were conducted using a five-hole conical pneumatic probe in a subsonic wind tunnel containing a modeled cascade of controlled diffusion (CD) stator blades. Following reference measurements at high incidence one blade was modified (slotted at the leading edge) in an attempt to (passively) reduce the size of the leading edge separation bubble and thereby improve performance. Prior to the surveys, the acquisition and reduction software was modified to provide loss calculations...
Topics: Cascade Wind Tunnel Loss Measurement, Controlled DIffusion Blading, Slotting Leading Edge
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by Ridge, Stephen J.
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Presently, the regulatory framework for nanotechnology consists of regulating entities addressing concerns about nanotechnology under existing rules and laws. This thesis answers this question: How can regulatory decisions of policymakers regarding the framework of nanotechnology regulation be informed by a map of the regulatory landscape of nanotechnology and a review of the regulatory frameworks for the aviation and biotechnology industries? To make recommendations about the appropriate...
Topics: nanotechnology, regulation, regulatory framework, stakeholder analysis, power-interest grid,...
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Changes to recruiting capacity have strategic implications, as the consequences affect national security. Maintaining the correct number and quality of recruiters is paramount. Persistent low unemployment rates and low populations of military-age youth eligible or willing to serve combine as an existential threat to All-Volunteer Force (AVF) recruiting for the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The USMC should anticipate an increasingly difficult recruiting environment through the 2020s. This...
Topics: Marine Corps, recruiting, multivariate analysis, saturation, matching, AVF, strategic HR
This thesis presents a model-based systems engineering methodology for employing architecture in system analysis (MBSE MEASA) for the cooperation of cross-domain unmanned vehicles conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR). The comprehensive architecture description developed in this paper uses Systems Modeling Language (SysML), which supports the assessment of system requirements for systems engineering. It also uses the Department of Defense Architectural Framework (DoDAF)...
Topics: framework architecture, model-based systems engineering, cross-domain, UAV, UGV, technical...
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by Ren, Xiao C.
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Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) remains a major health threat for the United States and the world, and HIV has affected the lives of millions of people including members in the U.S. military. The objective of this thesis is to analyze how HIV-positive active duty members use military healthcare. Using the dataset of active duty members who are currently engaging in the U.S. military HIV Natural History Study (NHS) cohort, the analysis examines the relationship among the annual number of...
Topics: HIV, patient care utilization in DoD
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This thesis compares the efficiency of a constraint branch-and-bound method against the conventional variable branch-and-bound method in solving set partitioning problems. Because of the difficulties encountered in writing the constraint branch-and-bound subroutine, it was necessary to solve each subproblem encountered from scratch. This is in contrast to the variable branching code which, when solving closely related subproblems, essentially starts from an advanced starting solution. Even...
Topics: Operations research, Problem solving., Set partitioning problem, constraint branch and bound...
Investigations of scattered transient waveforms from conducting bodies have shown that it is possible to classify electromagnetic scatterers. The concept is based upon the natural resonance modes which are part of the scatterer response to an incident excitation. A new approach for describing natural resonance modes using recursive systems is introduced. A discrete auto- regressive moving-average (ARMA) type model for the case of the space-time wave equation is presented. This model results...
Topics: Sonar, Radar., Natural resonances, electromagnetic scattering, acoustic scattering, radar target...
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Considerations of real-time control problems for an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) are addressed in this research. Among these problems is the ability to control the submersible given its highly nonlinear operation environment. In order to account for these variations, robust control techniques must be used. In particular, Variable Structure Control (VSC) with Doyle-Stein Observer has proven to produce optimal results while maintaining a high degree of robustness. This led to the...
Topic: Submersibles.
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When catastrophic disasters strike, health care systems are often faced with overwhelming volumes of patients to treat (patient surge). While many governmental and policy organizations have outlined recommendations to build “surge capacity,” there has been little research on specific strategies to accommodate these significant patient loads. Specifically, a concept known as “reverse triage,” which allows clinicians to assess current patients for possible discharge or reduction in the...
Topics: disaster, medical, mass casualty, reverse triage, hospital, crisis care, surge capacity, incident...
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This investigation of the Combat Air Patrol stationing problem analyzes the geometry of a hypothetical tactical scenario. Expressions to determine the following quantities are derived: (1) the minimum early warning radar detection range required for intercept feasibility; (2) intercept range as measured from the target area position when the interception begins from the CAP station; and (3) the minimum number of interceptors required to actively maintain one CAP station. The time variables most...
Topics: Air warfare, Management, War games, Mathematical models, Differential equations., Combat Air...
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by Charbonneau, Lauren J.
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In this thesis a formal description technique, systems of communicating machines, is used to specify and analyze a token bus protocol. A simplified description of the protocol is given, and proofs of certain correctness properties presented. The analysis proves that the protocol is free from deadlocks and non executable transitions, and also that successful message transfer is guaranteed for a network with an arbitrary number of machines. A program written in an object oriented language, C++,...
Topics: Computer network protocols,Standards,United States, Local area networks (Computer networks), Token...
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The purpose of this thesis was to analyze the effect of ASVAB waivers on A-School academic attrition. This was accomplished by developing a Statistical Analysis System (SAS) computer program, using extracts of the Enlisted Training Tracking File (TRAINTRACK) and the Navy Enlisted Classification Tracking File (NECTRACK). A review of literature was also undertaken to provide a summary of available information on factors that influence attrition, aptitude testing and ASVAB validity, trends in...
Topics: Databases, Computer programs, Ability,Testing, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery,...
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by Chou, Chih-Lun
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The analysis of LAN performance is the main objective of this research. LANs can be configured in various ways combining different medium access control mechanisms and different physical layer specifications. Details on these alternatives are specified in IEEE 802.3 through IEEE 802.5. We study th performance of different types of LANs under various configurations of servers and stations. The queueing network model is one of the analytical tools to help investigate the performance...
Topics: Local area networks (Computer networks),Computer simulation., Local Area Network, LAN, performance...
The increasing complexity of our every day jobs requires us to pursue flexible and more adaptive technologies with which to respond to our professional requirements. One such method is an expert system. This computer software "tool" is one means to augment and streamline ones professional decision making process. The expert system can be utilized as a means to assist new or inexperienced personnel to make informed decisions about their jobs. It can also assist in the decision making...
Topics: Management, Cybernetics, Artificial intelligence., Expert Systems, Acquisition, Procurement...
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We develop an algorithm blending Sequential Importance Sampling (SIS) and Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) to conduct goodness of fit testing on three-way contingency tables under the no-three-way interaction model. Unlike previous studies, we conduct SIS utilizing the hypergeometric distribution. Further, our hybrid method capitalizes on the positive aspects of SIS and MCMC while reducing their inefficiencies. We demonstrate the algorithm's performance on equal marginal data sets to highlight...
Topics: Sequential Importance Sampling, Markov Chain Monte Carlo, contingency table, exact inference
This thesis research focused on the identification and characterization of the barriers which impede institutionalization of Total Quality Management (TQM) concepts in the Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition system. Barriers were identified and characterized by survey of public and private sector individuals knowledgeable about TQM and experienced in the DoD acquisition system. The quality philosophy described by DR. W. Edwards Deming was the primary foundation for analysis. Although many...
Topics: DoD Acquisition System, Management., Total quality management, barriers
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A classical control system with a full-order observer is designed to stabilize the motions of towed vessels. The control method is transverse movement of the towline attachment point on the towed vessel. The linearized sway and yaw equations of motion are developed, leading to the control system design. The control system is tested using MATRIX. Results for a barge, mariner-class ship and a tanker are presented. Possible benefits of the implementation of such a system include improved fuel...
Topics: Marine engineering, Tankers, Warships., Towing, control, stability, automatic control system
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by Zagourakis, Emmanouil N.
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The purpose of this study is to determine whether or not a program could be developed to examine isomorphism between parts of a VLSI layout. Many simulation files, obtained through Magic's hierarchical extractor, were analyzed in order to develop a C program to accomplish recognition in several types of gates. This recognition gives signatures in order to check for isomorphism. The development and design of the algorithms used in different parts of the program are described. Results demonstrate...
Topics: Algorithms, Electrical engineering., VLSI circuit verification, gate recognition, isomorphism...
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by Claes, Dennis C.
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A two layer ocean mixed layer model is used to study the relationship between onset of freezing and mixed layer depth, wind forcing, surface buoyancy flux, and temperature and salinity changes between the two layers. Universal non- dimensional parameters for stability and surface forcing are derived and related to the maximum freezing rate. Analytic solutions to the model are found in terms of the universal parameters and the model turbulent mixing tuning constants. Sensitivity studies show the...
Topics: Dynamics, Temperature., Oceanography, sea ice, mixed layer modeling, freezing
This paper analyzes the introduction of regenerative braking systems into DoD tactical vehicles, with a focus on Marine Corps logistics vehicles. The analysis addresses a regenerative braking system’s ability to provide a short-term energy source for ancillary systems as well as assisting in the vehicle’s propulsion to save fuel. Different means of incorporating regenerative braking systems are evaluated to determine the most efficient and effective alternatives (e.g., regenerative braking...
Topics: regenerative braking, hybrid vehicles, logistic vehicles, energy fuel
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Germany’s newest right-wing party, Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), burst on to Germany’s political stage in 2013 and has achieved more success than any German right-wing party since 1949. The resurgence of the German right wing has caused concern for many who still remember the legacy of National Socialism, and the wave of right-wing populism that has swept Europe has exacerbated those fears. Is AfD’s rise, although significant, really a threat to the established German political...
Topics: AfD, nationalism, German politics, radical right-wing parties, trans-Atlantic security
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by Smith, Jane Reno; Webb, Julie Elizabeth
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With the ever changing environment of Navy stock points, the Navy Supply Systems Command saw the need to design and develop a course in Stock Point Operations for mid-grade managers. This thesis is a part of that effort. The focus of the thesis research was the design and development of eight hours of course material on work-load planning to be included as a finishing section of the 40-hour Stock Point Operations course. Included in this thesis are a history of the need for the course...
Topics: Inventory control, Management, Warehouses, Management., Work-load planning, Navy stock points, TQM,...
Western governments have invested considerable resources in counter-violent extremism (CVE) programs in an effort to reduce the spread of terrorism both domestically and internationally. One approach, formal education, holds potential as a long-term strategy for preventing violent extremist ideologies from taking hold in a community. While many CVE experts agree that education is a valuable tool for preventing extremism, exactly what skills, knowledge, theories, and other aspects of education...
Topics: education, violent extremism, radicalization, socialization, CVE, Indonesia, Australia, Salafism,...
Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was conducted using a monolithic 6061 aluminum material and two 6061 aluminum matrix composite materials. The composite materials were reinforced with 10 volume percent and 15 volume percent alumina particles. Electrical resistivity and hardness measurements during isothermal aging treatments were also conducted. The effects of prior aging and alumina particle additions on the growth kinetics and the thermal stability of the metastable phases in each...
Topics: Aluminum, Composite materials, Aluminum matrix composites
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by Nazimek, Jeanne Marie
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This thesis focuses on the leadership, both internal and external, of the Palestinian people in the occupied territories of Israel, in an effort to determine if any internal political groups exist that are capable of challenging the authority of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Background information includes the rise of Palestinian nationalism and the history of politics in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since the 1967 War. The primary factor influencing the current leadership...
Topics: Intifada, Uprising, Yasir Arafat, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Unified National Leadership of the Uprising
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In response to recent significant improvements in soviet Submarine Technologies the Navy developed the Weapon System Improvement Program for the S- 3A Viking. This program is an example of the dynamic nature of the environment within which the program manager operates. It provides the program manager with little control over certain events and the effects they have on their programs. An effective program manager will realize these limitations exist and attempt to strategically and flexibly...
Topics: Weapons systems, Cost, Management., S-3 weapon systems improvement program, S-3B
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by Gildersleeve, Cory Ward
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An interdisciplinary analysis of the post-Cold War world to determine the optimal strategy to attain the national interests of the United States, and the requisite logistic structure to support that strategy. The optimal solution is found to be a strategy based on multinational defense centered on a permanent force of United Nations garrison port complexes. This multilateral force would be augmented by as small a national defense force as necessary to ensure national security. The thesis...
Topics: FMS, Logistics, Logistics., Management, Multinational Defense, National Interests, National...
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This thesis examines the relationship between the benefits and the major objections expressed over burden sharing and international armaments cooperation. These concerns include: (1) protectionism, (2) transfer of technology and (3) bureaucratic problems. An analysis of these factors will be conducted through a case study of the Fighter Support Experimental (FSX) project. It will be conducted so as to determine the validity of these benefits and objections. The objective of this thesis is to...
Topics: International cooperation, Weapons systems., FSX, fighter support experimental, burden sharing,...
Discontent with global relations is causing policy pressures which are reminiscent of pressures which existed when isolationism dominated American foreign policy. Among these pressures are; fear of abandonment or exploitation, preoccupation with domestic well-being and attendant dissociation from global relations, and advocacy of trade barriers to check foreign competition. This paper discusses isolationism's influence during three periods in American history--pre-World War I (1914-1916),...
Topics: International relations, Isolationism, Twentieth century, U.S. Foreign Policy, U.S. History -...
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Computer wargame simulations have typically provided military officers with an effective method of testing their knowledge of tactics and strategy. However, large simulations typically use a command language dialogue interfacing the uses with the wargame. This type of interface requires a great deal of typing skill and memorization of the language syntax and allowing little time for decision making and battle analysis. RESA is a typical theater level naval wargame which utilizes this type of...
Topics: War games., RESA, graphic user interfaces, computer wargame simulations, BATMAN and ROBIN,...
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by Hu, Ta-Hsiang.
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Several different hardware structures for Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) are discussed in this thesis. VHDL was used in providing a simulation. Various costs and performance comparisons of different FFT structures are revealed. The FFT system leads to a design of Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT). VHDL allows the hierarchical description of a system in structural and behavioral description. In the structural description, a component is described in terms of an interconnection of more primitive...
Topics: Signal processing, Algorithms., FFT System, DCT System Implementation
This thesis calculates and compares the marginal cost of graduating a naval officer from the United States Naval Academy (USNA), Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC), and Officer Candidate School (OCS). After defining the variable and fixed cost functions for each commissioning source, the total cost, average cost, and marginal cost per graduate are calculated for fiscal year 1989 graduates. Compared to average cost, the marginal cost per Academy graduate is more in line with the...
Topics: Calculates and compares the marginal cost of graduating a Naval officer from the United States...
This thesis describes the testing of a prototype of a satellite computer communications controller, based on the 80C86 microprocessor, which is to be placed on the Petite Amateur Navy Satellite (PANSAT) for launch in 1993 on a two year mission. First, the background of the justification for PANSAT is described. PANSAT will serve primarily as an inexpensive store-and-forward orbiting mailbox, and secondarily it will serve as a teaching and learning vehicle for NPS faculty and students. then...
Topics: Satellites, Computer systems, Testing., Satellite Communications, Satellite Microprocessors
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by Swanson, Joel T.; Gibson, John H.
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This thesis is a primer for a combat modeling course for Joint Command, Control, and Communications (C3) students at the Naval Postgraduate School. It provides the students with a single document which ties together the concepts of several modeling experts pertinent to C3. The thesis examines various aspects of combat models and introduces some of their functions, applications, and results. Areas included in the primer are: combat theory and definitions for command and control reflected in that...
Topics: Combat,Simulation methods, Communications, Military, Command and control systems, War games.,...
This thesis examines design criteria related to development of local and wide area networks for command, control, and communications (C3) systems, especially as such networks could be used by the Navy of the Republic of China, Taiwan. This study stresses the usefulness of modern computer networks and the importance of considering human factors and artificial intelligence systems during design of these networks. Various network technologies and communication methodologies used for local area...
Topics: Computer networks, Artificial intelligence, Local area networks (Computer networks), Command,...
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by Schaffer, Patricia A.
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The 2015 National Security Strategy warns that natural hazards supercharged by the effects of climate change pose a direct threat to the human and national security of the United States. This thesis asks if the U.S. government is placing the American public at risk by failing to create resilience standards appropriate to the threats posed by natural hazards, including hazards that will be exacerbated by climate change. What is preventing the nation from understanding the risk of climate...
Topics: climate adaptation, climate change, emergency management, homeland security, national security,...
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This document reports the results of research into the application of artificial neural networks to controlling dynamic systems. The network used is a feed-forward, fully-connected, 3-layer perception. Two methods of training neural networks via error back-propagation were used. Pattern matching training is a direct method that teaches the basic response. Performance index training is a new technique that refines the response. Performance index training is based on the concept of enforced...
Topics: Space vehicles., Neural Networks, Attitude Stabilization, Pattern Matching Training, Time-Optimal...
Two aspects of digital communication were investigated. In the first part, a FFT-based, M-ary FSK receiver in a Rician-fading channel was analyzed to determine the benefits of non-uniform windowing of sampled received data. When a frequency offset occurs, non-uniform windowing provided better FFT magnitude separation. The improved dynamic range was balanced against a loss in detectability due to signal attenuation. With large frequency offset, the improved magnitude separation outweighed the...
Topics: Command and control systems, Digital communications, Computer network protocols., FFT windowing,...
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Recent studies found a disproportionate number of converts to Islam taking part in radical activities as opposed to those born into the faith. While research linking conversion to radicalization is available, a gap exists in research examining what in the conversion process is causing this phenomenon. This thesis asks, what is the relationship between religious conversion and violent extremism? This study explores 38 individuals who converted to Islam and subsequently committed a radical act....
Topics: Islam, converts, radicalization, conversion, radical acts
An experimental technique for observing Optical Transition Radiation, (OTR), that is both simple and effective, is shown. A Macintosh II computer equipped with an image frame grabber board and Image software package allows for extensive analysis of the captured electron beam spot OTR patterns. The equipment is capable of measuring relative intensities to better than 1% for a constant source image. With beam energies of nearly 100 MeV the captured OTR images show an unexpected assymetry in the...
Topics: Transition radiation, diffraction pattern, Lorentz factor, electron bean current, integrated...
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The U.S. Coast Guard operates several Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) in major U.S. shipping ports. These systems were designed and implemented twenty years ago. They were designed for a single mission, port safety. The surveillance and display systems are well beyond the planned service life and need to be replaced. This thesis investigates and summarizes up-to-date methods of providing surveillance services to a VTS. The author includes a history of VTIS, an analysis of the assigned missions,...
Topics: vessel traffic service, radar surveillance, harbor surveillance, RDSS, radar scan conversion, data...
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by Musquiz, Alejandro D.; Roach, Mark A.
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This research seeks to find root causes of Class A or B mishaps in Navy surface ships in order to identify ships at risk for future mishaps. Additionally, by looking at data from ships that experienced mishaps between 2012 and 2017, and by searching beyond the root cause of specific causal factors for these incidents, we may be able to determine if indicator variables could have predicted the ships were at risk. We explored the LHD, LPD (San Antonio Class), and CG ship classes, as these classes...
Topics: mishaps, safety, linear regression, prediction model, Class A mishap, Class B mishap
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by Crowell, Andrew B.; Flores-Diaz, Hugo E.; Snyder, Eric B.
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Since the Global War on Terrorism began, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have been engaged in a collaborative partnership within United States Country Teams. With a shared history, including shared successes, the two organizations have experienced mission overlap, with United States Special Operations Forces (USSOF) sometimes participating in intelligence collection, and the CIA on occasion conducting more kinetic operations....
Topics: United States Special Operations Forces, Central Intelligence Agency, collaboration, best...
Recent attacks on airports exposed an emerging threat to the security of the traveling public, attacks on soft targets. Incidents throughout the world indicate that terrorists, seeking to maximize life loss, and economic and symbolic destruction, have changed their focus to soft targets. The thesis examines plausible deterrence measures through environmental design for crowd protection in the aviation transportation sector. The policies of the United Kingdom, Belgium, and the United States...
Topics: soft target security, crowd protection, human perception, environmental design, crime prevention...
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To mitigate threats to our nation, homeland security operators depend on the acquisition workforce in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop, field, and sustain the technologies that help them accomplish their mission. Instability in the acquisition workforce can delay readiness of those technologies, giving adversaries a distinct advantage. This study defines the acquisition workforce, establishes a benchmark for instability, and determines whether the DHS acquisition workforce...
Topics: DHS, acquisition, workforce, attrition, program management
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This thesis addresses the design of an interactive satellite communications system analysis program. The program provides the capability to analyzedesign a system comprised of two earth terminals and one or two geosynchronous satellites. The principal goal is to simplify the analysisdesign process via a graphically-oriented, menu-driven computer program. The program leads the user methodically through the process and provides feedback that enables the user to visualize the elements of the...
Topics: Hypertext systems., Communications Link Analysis, Geosynchronous Satellite, Orbital Parameters